Friday, September 12, 2014

Card Gone Missing

Hello Friends,

Let me first say that even after 13 years September 11th is a day that fills me with a combination sorrow, anxiety and dread. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone directly affected and for our nation as a whole. It's as palpable for me today as it was on that horrifying day and I am relieved when the day is finally over.

So on to the card share I have for today. The long and the short of it is this card is lost in the mail. I made it for a card swap I joined in and sent it on it's way to my assigned recipient but sadly it never made it, or hasn't yet (it's been 2 weeks)!

I ultimately made a second card for my swap that did arrive so all is well.  Maybe some day it will make the news as one of those mail pieces that make it to their destination 10 years later. :)

Happy Crafting!


Saturday, August 16, 2014

So Thankful - OWH Sketch #236

Hello Friends! As most of you are probably already aware there are some important changes happening at Operation Write Home (read about it here) and among them is that the Sketch Challenge is going to be twice a month instead of every week. While I know that might come as a bit of a disappointment to some of my fellow OWHers I think that I might just find myself participating more with the extra time. 

This card is based on the current sketch though I did take a few liberties in adjusting it. Mainly I wanted more of my background print to show so I reduced the size of the rectangle panel a bit. While having the measurements on the sketches can be really helpful, especially if you're new to making cards, I think it's important to remember that being 'exact' is not critical. Don't be afraid to make adjustments and add your own twist.

My craft supply shopping has come to an almost total halt in the past year. The reason is two-fold, I haven't been crafting as much and though I've been doing more graphic design freelance in recent months  it's not a steady income and it just wouldn't be prudent to not be extra careful about spending. That being said the papers in this card are from a 6x6 KI Memories pad that I found on my WalMart Clearance rack for $2.00. I picked up two different fall colored pads, each has 32 nice-quality sheets and they are double-sided designs too. So for any of you 'bargain hunters' out there who are short on paper (ROTFL) you may want to check your local store.

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Hero Arts Happy Birthday

Hello Friends! My card share today is the last of the cards that I's made for the OWH Virtual Card Making Party. Lori's Kreations hosted a challenge to create a red, white and blue birthday card. I'm not sure that this fits the challenge totally since it includes that green grass too but I liked how it came out. This fun hot air balloon is from the Hero Arts OWH Fundraiser Stamp Sets called Happy Birthday. It's one of the first sets they did for OWH and has limited availability so if it's one you've always liked (it's one of my favorites) but haven't added to your collection yet get it while you can.

Cloud Embossing Folder by Paper Studio •  Sentiment Stamp-Unknown
I used my Martha Stewart fringe scissors to create the grass. They are one of those items that for some reason I just couldn't resist. When I finally broke down to buy them I got them cheap by using a coupon. I think that subconsciously I must have known that I wouldn't have that much use for them (and in fact I use them very rarely) so I didn't dare pay full price. But they're fun and easy to use and I'm guessing if I put my mind to it I could find more designs to use them in.

I'm hoping I can both make some time and find some motivation to make some more cards so that I'll have another to share with you next week.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Detailed Stamps & Sketches

Hello Friends! I hope this finds you enjoying a nice weekend wherever you are. Today I have a card share of yet another card from the Virtual Card Making Party. It's based on the OWH sketch for that week and though I don't always use sketches I highly recommend them and not just for newbies but anyone, especially if you  find yourself struggling to 'get started' on a card. The way I see it using a sketch makes at least a few choices for you right off the bat. 

My approach is to typically start by finding the shape in the sketch that will be the focal point (it's usually pretty obvious) and find an image or stamp or sentiment that will fit it nicely. Once an image or sentiment is chosen the process tends to guide itself to some extent. For instance on this card, once I decided to use this sailboat image a nautical color scheme seemed like a good way to go. The yellow paper has a wave like pattern and the tiny dots on the blue pattern reminded me of water bubbles.

Stamps by Stampin Up - Retired

I've had this stamp for a long time. I am always tempted to color it and even though I'd consider myself intermediately skilled where coloring is concerned it's always a struggle and I never get an acceptable result on the first try. I really liked how this turned out and  I think I've finally convinced myself that sometimes the BEST thing you can do if a stamp is detailed is to just stamp it well and let it stand on it's own.

Happy Crafting!

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